Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service for patrons obtaining research materials not readily available at Miller Library. Students, staff, faculty, faculty emeriti, and Friends of the Miller Library at “contributor” or “patron” levels may use ILL.

We strive to follow the Interlibrary Loan Code for the U.S. set forth by the American Library Association (ALA) and comply with U.S. Copyright Law and the CONTU guidelines.

Timing: Articles or chapters requested through ILL are delivered electronically, usually within 3-4 days and sometimes sooner. Books are delivered physically and have a longer turnaround time, usually within 7-10 business days. Because of the many variables involved in ILL turnaround for articles and books, we strongly encourage patrons to plan ahead as much as possible and to be prepared for a potentially longer turnaround time.

Request an ILL

Submit an ILL request:

1. Fill out the online ILL Request form

2. Click ‘Request this item through interlibrary loan’ on your ONESearch results

Managing requests

Click here to determine the status of your request

Pick up:  Digital copies - Instructions for downloading your file will be emailed to you at your Washington College email address. Please save a copy immediately. You may lose access due to copyright restrictions. Re-ordering copies of the same ILL article will limit access to the journal for other students, faculty and staff due to copyright compliance.

Loans & hard copies - Pick up your materials from the circulation desk of the Miller Library after you receive notice via email. If you no longer need the material, email the ILL Specialist as soon as possible.

Note the condition of the material and return it in the same state. Please do not deface or damage ILL items. Leave the book strap affixed to the front cover of the book.

Due dates: Due dates are located on the book strap in red ink. The lending institution—not the Miller Library—determines due dates for ILL items.

Return all ILL material to the circulation desk of the library in the same condition you received it by the due date for processing. Do not return any ILL material directly to the lending institution, regardless of proximity.

Fees & Payment: Each overdue ILL item not returned within seven days of the due date will be fined $1 per day thereafter.

Recalls/Renewals: Recalled ILL items should be returned immediately. Patrons have seven days after receiving the recall notice via email. Each item will be fined $1.00 per day thereafter.

Email the ILL Specialist at least three days prior to the due date of your item for renewal. Lending institutions reserve the right to grant or deny renewal requests. You will be notified of the status of your request via email. If granted, change the due date on your book strap. If denied, please return the item by the original date.

Lending policy for institutions

Miller Library lends to all domestic libraries and other comparable institutions. We consider international loans on a case-by-case basis.

  • We comply with the Interlibrary Loan Code of the United States, the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) and the CONTU guidelines.
  • For more information, please visit our OCLC Policies Directory profile. Our institution symbol is WWS
  • Standard loan period is 45 days with 30 day renewals, unless otherwise noted.



The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

 *For more information on ILL and copyright, see the Reproduction by Libraries page of the college’s Copyright Policy.